Confirming what was fast becoming an open secret over the weekend on the interwebs, The Minnesota Vikings named Leslie Frazier as the team's head coach on Monday.
That's one mystery solved as the team goes on hiatus for thew winter.
Taking over as interim head coach after the Vikes kicked Brad Childress to the curb on Nov. 22, the former defensive coordinator closed out the season with three wins and three losses.[jump]
He also proved to be a steady Eddy through the the tumult, including the "home" losses to the Patriots in Detroit and the Bears at the Bank, and the upset victory over the Eagles despite the team being sequestered in a Philadelphia hotel for two days in a blizzard.
"Our players and entire organization have great respect for Leslie. He has a vast knowledge of the game, both as a former player and as a coach, and he has a terrific way with those who play for him and work with him," team co-owner Zygi Wilf said today in a statement. "We are very fortunate to have him as our Head Coach and look forward to many successful years together."
Another mystery was solved -- maybe -- yesterday when Brett Favre gave his third retirement press conference and handed the microphone to rookie QB Joe Webb.
Then the other quarterback's shoe fell today when Tarvaris Jackson, a guy who stood by loyally in Favre's shadow, hinted pretty strongly that when he's up for free agency in March, Minnesota will be in his rear-view mirror.
"The grass isn't always greener on the other side," Jackson said. "But it wasn't pretty green on this side either. I guess we'll see. With the guys we have on our offense, I'd love to come play with these guys but we already know how it is. A fresh start might be good.
The team hasn't disclosed the terms of Frazier's contract.